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Authentic Design
15 Dec 2010


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Alan Saunders on ABC Radio’s By Design poses an interesting point about authenticity in design. He uses the Eames chair and more broadly “furniture” as the example, but basically: is it right to copy a product? One guest underlines a good point that is often overlooked: the knock-off is cheaper because it does not include the cost of product development. Manufacturers who sell replicas or fakes basically just have to include the manufacturing cost and not burdened by the processing of coming up with new ideas or innovations.

From ABC radio:
The Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a classic of twentieth-century design, now made under license by the American firm of Herman Miller and retailing for more than $7,000. But if you can’t afford that, you can get a reproduction for less than $2,000,

But should you? Replicas, fakes, rip-offs: the Authentic Design Alliance, which was launched this year, argues that they’re damaging to the design industry and the people it supports. The Alliance believes that both our design heritage and our creative design future rest upon the support of designers' original work and that support of authentic design is an ethical, practical and aesthetic decision which shows respect to the designer.

This week, we talk to two supporters of the Alliance about the spread of the rip-off in the design world today.

Listen to the program here.


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